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New Porsche 911 drops top, retains power

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The new generation Porsche 911 models have dropped their tops as a new year’s resolution. At launch, the new 911 Cabriolet will be available as a rear-wheel drive Carrera S and an all-wheel drive Carrera 4S.

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The soft top can be operated at speeds of up to 50 km/h, and comes with an integrated glass rear window. New roof hydraulics reduce the opening time to around 12 seconds, while an electrically extendable wind deflector gives comfort to the passengers’ necks. The soft top structure contains magnesium surface elements known as bows, which prevent ballooning of the roof at high speeds.

The new engine mounting position makes the Cabriolet even more torsionally rigid than its predecessor. For the first time, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport chassis is available for the 911 Cabriolet. The springs used for this are harder and shorter, the front and rear anti-roll-bars are more rigid, and the chassis overall has been lowered by 10 mm. These adjustments according to Porsche, gives the 911 a more neutral feel on the road, with better weight distribution.

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Both Carerra S and 4S Cabriolets offer the same power and torque figures as their Coupe siblings. The 3.0-litre (2,981 cc) flat-six twin-turbo develops 331 kW (444 bhp) @ 6,500 rpm and 530 Nm of torque @ 2,300 – 5,000 rpm. An 8-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels and all four wheels in S and 4S, respectively.

However, the acceleration times are slightly different, naturally. The Carrera S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (3.7 with the optional Sport Chrono Package) and can reach a top speed of 306 km/h. The Carrera 4S attains a top speed of 304 km/h and can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (3.6 with Sport Chrono Package).

The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet starts from €134,405 in Germany and the 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet from €142,259, including VAT and country-specific equipment. Available to order now.

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